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Bateleur by AnneMarks Bateleur by AnneMarks
Taken at The Kruger National Park, South Africa :)
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Mayzzi Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful bird! Looks a little like a pheasant-hawk mix :3
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AnneMarks Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you :) :huggle: :) They are a type of eagle I think :)
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RakuenVI Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, they are a serpent-eagle :)
It is also a she, due to the light brown wing coverts (these are white in males).

Also, I love this photograph! <3
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AnneMarks Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much :heart: :huggle: :) :) here is another photo I took...can you confirm that the top one is the male and is he a "cream backed"?? [link]
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RakuenVI Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It's actually a part of the wing (the covert) that's white, like in my photo here: [link]
The coverts in your photo are a light brown. Going by the coverts. No idea what the white back is about... But yeah, I can't really tell by the coverts here but I do think he is male because the females are larger than the males (this is the same for most birds of prey). Another way to tell, if you might remember seeing this at the time, is that when in flight the female looks like this [link] and the male like this [link] (note the difference in the black areas of the under wing). Sexing birds can be very difficult, but I hope this helps!
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AnneMarks Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Photographer
Apparently (I read this in african geographic, its part of national geographic) the cream back is quite rare, only 6% of the Batts in the park have that colouring :) I also use the sasol bird book app on ipad with is very helpful. Ive not seen them in flight yet :)
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RakuenVI Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah okay, think I'll read up on that - yay for intraspecies diversity!
Well, if you see then in flight in future you'll know ;]
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AnneMarks Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
:) :) Thank you :)
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CiacoAgain Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Beautiful
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AnneMarks Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you :) :huggle: :)
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